How was everyone’s weekend? Always goes by too fast, doesn’t it?! Mine flew by, in part because we worked on a family project that took a chunk of the weekend: Operation Playroom Organization. The plan for this project started last week, when I had a conversation with my daughters that has been repeated hundreds of times in the past. It starts with me nagging them to pick up the basement (their playroom), which you can’t even walk in – here’s my proof (beware, this is the scary “before” picture that I warned you about on Friday):
a hotel (complete with toilet paper roll pillars – only the best for these guests!),
|Libbie Grove Design|
So on Saturday, we made a trip to IKEA and (after stuffing ourselves with Swedish meatballs and potatoes) we bought two of the 58″ square EXPEDIT shelving units. They were pretty easy to put together and came with anti-tip brackets that firmly secured them to the wall (a must for a playroom!). The village was then relocated to the shelving and the basement went from looking like this:
I’m LOVING all of that clean, open floor space! And everyone in the village seems pretty satisfied with the move too, including the airport baggage handlers,
the village fashionista,
the jungle animals,
and the amusement park riders!
The play house got relocated to the other side of the room where it served as the headquarters for our project supervisor:
We also bought two stepstools while at IKEA so that the girls could get eye-level with the top cubes and not be tempted to do any shelf climbing.
The whole family is happy with the outcome – I am so excited to FINALLY be able to run the vacuum throughout the playroom and can’t wait to have some of the girls’ artwork framed and hung in a grouping above the shelves. My husband is excited that I finally used one of his ideas 🙂 Best of all, the girls are super psyched to have all of the parts of their village easily accessible to play with. There is already talk about building ladders and slides to connect the cubes – they are never lacking in creativity!
If you’ve been giving some thought to a home organization project using the bigger EXPEDIT units (72″ square), the next few days are a great time to do it. If you sign up for an IKEA FAMILY card (it’s free), the largest EXPEDIT is one of this month’s in-store specials only for FAMILY card members – you can get it for $179 (regularly $199) through this Tuesday, January 31st. The card also entitles you to free coffee (my husband was sold on that perk alone) and an extra 30 minutes of time in IKEA’s Smaland (playland) for those of you with little ones. We signed up while at IKEA but I think you can also sign up online, which enables you to view the monthly specials for card holders. I’m hoping that frames are one of February’s specials so I can add the girls’ artwork above the EXPEDIT shelving and give the space a much more finished look!